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Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
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Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho
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Description: Elevations range from 2,000 - 10,000 feet. At 2.3 million acres, Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is the second largest wilderness in the lower 48 states. Inhabitants include mountain lions, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, mule and whitetail deer, moose, wolverine and numerous raptors. Most of the forest is composed of Douglas-fir.
The "River of No Return", as dubbed by the Shoshoni Indians, is run spring through fall, until ice forms. The Wild & Scenic Middle Fork of the Salmon River, within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, offers 100 miles of outstanding whitewater rafting and wildlife viewing. Other waters include the headwaters of the Selway, another Wild and Scenic River, and countless mountain streams.
Because of the variations in elevation, trails within the Wilderness can climb and descend thousands of feet in just a few miles making traveling in the wilderness challenging. The wilderness is a backpacker and horseback rider`s heaven, offering 2616 miles worth of maintained trails, accessible by 66 trailheads.
Small planes are allowed to land on airstrips. Services are available from at Boise, Salmon, Cascade, McCall, Hailey, Challis, and Grangeville. 88 outfitters provide whitewater expeditions into the backcountry. Contact the PLIC for maps and assistance in planning a backcountry trip.

Location: From Salmon, follow the Salmon River north on US 93 about 20 miles. Turn west at North Fork and continue along the river 40 miles to the boundary.
River Access:
Directions: for downstream access take US 95 to Riggins and at the south end of town look for a bridge that crosses the Little Salmon River and go to forest road 1614 (gravel) which borders the Salmon River for 25 miles. The road will end at Vinegar Creek-a jet boat is needed to continue upstream. You can also float back to Riggins.

Address: Krassel Ranger District
Payette National Forest
500 North Mission
McCall, ID  83638
Phone: 208-634-0600

Season: April - November

Fee: for permit processing

Reservations: river permits
Blue Box indicates availability  White Box indicates unavailability
 Biking  Fishing  Picnicking
 Boating (Motorized)  Hiking/Backpacking  Scenic Driving
 Boating (Non-motorized)  Horseback Riding  
 Boating (WW)  Hunting  Water Sports
 Camping    Wildlife Viewing
 Caving  Off Highway Vehicles  Winter Sports

Services and Facilities
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 Visitor Center  Group Campgnd  RV Sites
  Exhibits  Campgnd, Primitive  Electric Hookup
 Interpretive Programs  Drinking Water  Dump Station
 Cultural-Historic Sites  Restrooms  Boat Ramp
 Campgnd, Developed  Showers  Marina
 Rental Cabins

Notes: Permits are required to raft on the Main Salmon and the Middle Fork. Get your permits the winter before you go.Contact for:
Middle Fork Salmon River:
Middle Fork Ranger District
Salmon-Challis National Forest
(208) 879-4101

for the Salmon River:
North Fork Ranger District
Salmon-Challis National Forest
(208) 865-2700

Managed cooperatively by the Nez Perce, Bitterroot, Payette, Boise, Salmon, Challis, and Coeur d`Alene National Forests.
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